Program Overview

The Academic Certificate (AC) in K-12 eLearning Design is designed to provide K-12 teachers with a foundation for eLearning Design. Students will be presented with information to develop knowledge and skills in design theory, models of instructional design, course management systems, and eLearning technology. Courses are also designed to prepare students to create and use internal and external evaluation tools and assessments. Courses may lead to Arizona Department of Education endorsement.

This program will review history, characteristics, and theories of eLearning, summarize design foundations for eLearning in the K-12 classroom, compare and contrast types of technology and media available in the eLearning environment, review limitations of technology and media in the eLearning environment, and compare and contrast eLearning evaluation tools. This certificate will also evaluate K-12 eLearning, summarize procedures for assessing K-12 student interaction and collaboration, create student assessments, and apply principles of eLearning instructional design.

The total number of credits required for this certificate is 12. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses within the program.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    Students must hold a provisional or standard elementary, or secondary, or special education teaching certificate.

    School Overview

    Rio Salado College is a community college located in Tempe, Arizona that was originally founded in 1967 as one of the 10 Maricopa County community colleges. Since 1996, the school has offered online classes and, starting in 2006, a majority of the courses have been transferred online. The school is recognized as a leader in Higher Education with specialization in distance learning and online education. Part of the mission of Rio Salado is to aim to transform the experience of learning through offering students choice, access, and flexibility; customized high quality learning designs; and personalized services and organizational responsiveness.

    RSC offers online programs, certificates, academic certificates, and associate's degrees. Online education is one of the most prominent academic programs at the college. 


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